The Business Journal raises the curtain on the legal stars who work in L.A.’s entertainment industry.


Firm: Alston & Bird LLP

Law School: Stanford University

Selected Clients: MySpace, 20th Century Fox, DirecTV, Eaton Corp., Cedars-Sinai.

Years in Practice: 29

Most Challenging Case: In litigation over the movie “Watchmen.”

Best Career Moment: Winning summary judgment in the “Watchmen” case: A judge ruled that the producer of the film hadn’t secured the rights from Fox.

Worst: That first jury trial in 1983, but things have been much better since.

Highlight From Past Year: Working with Fox on “Alvin.” Bagdasarian Productions LLC have sued Fox, claiming they are entitled to 50 percent of the profits of “Squeakquel.” The case is still pending.

How My Practice Is Changing: Being part of Alston & Bird, with several offices on the East Coast, means my BlackBerry goes off earlier than ever before – 100 messages before I wake in the morning.

If I Weren’t an Attorney: I’d be an architect.

My Colleagues Don’t Know: My “Hey Lou” license plates were a present from my high school classmates.

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